Seafood “allergies”

In a previous article, I mentioned about an ongoing experiment to identify the reason for my allergy to seafood. I wrote that my “seafood allergy” might actually be allergy to preservatives applied at various stages in the supply chain. Recently, I learned something more- that it might also be from ingesting contaminated seafood, or seafood…

What’s your ‘treat yourself’ wine?

Tuba! My host organization said I should join them in their team-building event, to take a break even if for a day from an incredible month of hyperactivity not to mention, of late, anxiety. They have done an extraordinary job of facilitating my work so far as well as my security in the areas. Of…

national breakfast day

Happy national breakfast day!

The event is McDonald’s, but for some reason branches in Baguio have not reached out to their customers earlier and openly hence the poor turn out. I got irritated when the crew who approached me trying to “sell” the PHP49 coupon of hash browns and coffee(?) couldn’t explain to me the mechanics well. I don’t…

Friday4farmers: black gold

  New knowledge I’ve acquired going into 2017 is…composting with worms. Vermicomposting. A whole new world of shit. Good shit. And it’s callef black gold. I learned about this during my evaluation of a post-disaster shelter project that has a livelihood component. Reading through the pile of project documents, vermicomposting training module in this case, interview with…

ThrowbackThursday: Greek kindness

  At the heart of the matter, I believe, is the concept of philoxenia, the obligation in the Greek culture to treat strangers as honoured guests. This obligation is so ancient that its origins are thought to lie in the belief that, you never know, these strangers that you’ve just met could well be gods.…

Fridays4farmers: ode to the farmer

But the farmer he must feed us all. The prayer at table is often uttered in thanksgiving to God for the food. But it is good to also include blessings for the farmer(s) who actually planted and cared and harvested ingredients of our food despite vagaries of sun, wind, and rain; for farmers to be…

zumba on heels

What comes in threes?

Nearly 92 billion videos were watched over the course of 23 billion visits to the site by many millions of very horny visitors. That’s 64 million visitors per day, or 44,000 every minute. These statistics from Pornhub are informative! And we thought everybody’s glued to Aleppo, Brexit, US Elections, Pokemon Go, and just generally, their fave TV soaps…

ways to keep warm during winter

Keeping warm, going green

January and February are the coldest in this mountain City. Indeed, the dip in temperature from the strangely warm holiday season has us reaching for coats and sweaters already nicely-stored for next season. And since green is the color for 2017, says Pantone, we absolutely therefore have to get the trend into our closets. I’m…

shades of blue

Monday blues

  Blue is my favorite color. Blue for calm. Blue to shield against Monday’s mania. And my first Monday serene thought: sandwiches. Not the mayo-or-butter-spread-haphazardly-on-bread kind. But thoughtfully-prepared ones. Making a sandwich is not cooking strictly-speaking but imagine the hundreds of spreads possible! That at least I know how to do. Also, <i>sandwich</i> reminds me…

Post-holiday diet: go vegetarian

I love their house salad, pumpkin soup, mushroom sisig, and veggie squid rings. Oh, and the brewed coffee, refillable and served with a stick of cinnamon (this is the only cafe in town that does. Having this, you can do away with the sugar. Cinnamon also helps reduce spike in sugar level in between cups).…